Does Religious Education Work? : A Multi-dimensional Investigation

Does Religious Education Work? : A Multi-dimensional Investigation

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Society for Educational Studies Annual Book Prize winner: 2nd Prize

This ground-breaking volume draws upon a rich and variegated range of methodologies to understand more fully the practices, policies and resources available in and to religious education in British schools. The descriptions, explanations and analyses undertaken here draw on an innovative combination of policy work, ethnography, Delphi methods, Actor Network Theory, questionnaires, textual analysis as well as theological and philosophical insight. It traces the evolution of religious education in a post-religious age from the creation of policy to the everyday experiences of teachers and students in the classroom. It begins by analysing the way in which policy has evolved since the 1970s with an examination of the social forces that have shaped curriculum development. It goes on to explore the impact and intentions of a diverse group of stakeholders with sometimes competing accounts of the purposes of religious educations. It then examines the manner in which policy is, or is not, enacted in the classroom. Finally, it explores contradictions and confusions, successes and failures, and the ways in which wider public debates enter the classroom. The book also exposes the challenge religious education teachers have in using the language of religion.


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Author(s)
James C. Conroy, David Lundie, Robert A. Davis, Vivienne Baumfield, L. Philip Barnes, Tony Gallagher, Kevin Lowden, Nicole Bourque, Dr. Karen J. Wenell
Format
Paperback | 280 pages
Dimensions
156 x 234 x 14.99mm | 439g
Publication date
01 Dec 2015
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
1474234658
ISBN13
9781474234658
Bestsellers rank
1,771,190